Delaware state Rep. Melanie George Smith says she's honored to be the sponsor of a gay marriage bill in the House of Representatives.

“It's going to be my honor and privilege to be able to sponsor the bill in the House of Representatives,” Smith told gay weekly The Washington Blade.

Smith, who sponsored the state's civil unions bill, said the measure is being fine tuned before being introduced.

“We want to make sure that everything is lined up. That we've got a bill that's legally and technically perfect, that way there can be no question,” Smith said. “It's such a controversial issue from some people's perspective that we don't want folks picking apart the bill on technical matters or anything along those lines.”

“If we're going to do this, we're going to do it perfectly. … As soon as we're confident that the bill has no legal or technical flaws and that everything looks good that's when we'll be going ahead and introducing it.”

Smith added that she believes the legislation will pass.

“It is really truly about recognizing the value that we in Delaware place on individual equality and Delawareans should be able to have the same rights as everybody.”

Delaware's legislative session ends on June 30.